In terms of Senator Wallin, I have looked at the numbers. Her travel costs are comparable to any parliamentarian travelling from that particular area of the country over that period of time. For instance, last year Senator Wallin spent almost half of her time in the province she represents in the Senate. The costs are to travel to and from that province, as any similar parliamentarian would do.
On that day it was being reported that Ms. Wallin’s expenses were possibly in doubt.
Of course, two weeks later, the PMO would clarify that the Prime Minister’s analysis was rather shallow.
Of all the things the Prime Minister has said since the affairs of the Senate came into question, this is perhaps among the least advisable. Though this statement might still be more problematic.